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President Obama Publicly Supports Gay Marriage

By Nottage and Ward on May 16, 2012

Marriage and divorce are hot topics, but why? The tradition of marriage has been around for centuries, but it was not until within the last decade that it has truly evolved in the United States. The rights of same-sex couples have been a topic of debate in various states across the nation, though the overall trend has been a positive one. Same-sex couples in many states, including Illinois, have been awarded the legal right to marry or enter into a civil union or domestic partnership. Equal rights have long been an issue for the gay community, but it seems that governments are finally listening and taking action. And now, President Barack Obama has publicly endorsed gay marriage, according to The New York Times.

Though the timing of President Obama’s announcement may have been rushed, making his decision to support the legalization of gay marriage was not. According to his advisors, the President had intended to define his position on the issue before September, when Democrats would nominate him for re-election. His position on gay marriage is not necessarily a surprise as he has demonstrated support for the gay community before, such as ending the ban on openly gay men and women in the military and disavowing the federal law which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, but the announcement is, nonetheless, politically, socially, and historically significant.

It is true that President Obama’s declaration in support of gay marriage does not mean there is legislation on the table as of yet, but it may find its way into Congress in the near future. During such big changes, it is understandable that it will take a while for the kinks to be ironed out. Even in Illinois, the civil union law that has been in effect for almost a full year has had to overcome unforeseen hurdles. But with perseverance, the nation will finally reach equality.

Until then, if you have questions about or are considering entering into an Illinois civil union, the dedicated civil union lawyers in Chicago at Nottage and Ward can help. Call us today for a consultation at (312) 332-2915.

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